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Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Updated Labor Force and Employment Data in Wilkes-Barre

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most recently updated their labor force and employment related data for Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA. Titled “Economy at a Glance,” the list of data includes two data series: 1) Labor Force Data and 2) Nonfarm Wage and Salary Employment Data.

Some key figures for the Wilkes Barre-Scranton region relate to the overall fall in unemployment from 21,579 unemployed in December 2020 to 12,691 unemployed in December 2021, from a rate of 8 percent to 4.8 percent. 

Total Nonfarm employment (in departments such as mining, transportation, education, hospitality, etc) also grew from about 248,200 to 256,100, a 3.2 percent increase.